Fire at his­toric va­cant Jamestown farm­house closes part of High­way 108

The Modesto Bee - - Local - BY MAR­I­JKE ROW­LAND mrow­[email protected]­bee.com

A fire at an old, va­cant farm­house in Jamestown closed part of High­way 108 for sev­eral hours Fri­day night. The Union Demo­crat in Sonora iden­ti­fied the his­toric home as once be­ing owned by a sur­vivor of the Don­ner party.

Tuolumne County sher­iff’s and Cal Fire fire­fight­ers were called to the scene of a struc­ture fire on the 17400 block of High­way 108 in the 9 p.m. hour Fri­day. The twos­tory farm­house was fully en­gulfed in flames when crews ar­rived, ac­cord­ing to the Sher­iff’s Of­fice. The house is across the street from the his­toric Hurst Ranch in Jamestown.

Traf­fic on High­way 108 was closed from High School Road to Bell Mooney Road for about three hours as crews worked to con­tain and mop up the fire. No in­juries were re­ported, and the cause of the fire is still un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

The Union Demo­crat said the house was built by mine owner John App for his bride, Leanna Don­ner, who was a child when the pi­o­neer group got stuck in a snow­storm in the Sierra Ne­vada in 1846.

“They lacked proper hous­ing and pro­vi­sions to make it through the win­ter,” the Union Demo­crat ar­ti­cle says. “More than half of the 87 peo­ple in the party died, and some sur­vivors in des­per­a­tion re­sorted to can­ni­bal­ism.”

NO IN­JURIES WERE RE­PORTED, AND THE CAUSE OF THE FIRE IS STILL UN­DER IN­VES­TI­GA­TION.

TUOLUMNE COUNTY SHER­IFF'S DEPART­MENT

The Union Demo­crat in Sonora iden­ti­fied the home as once be­ing owned by a sur­vivor of the Don­ner party.

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